In response to a growing need for manufacturers to ensure compliance and protect operators from hazards on the plant floor, automation solutions provider Omron Automation Americas has incorporated assessment and labeling services. They focused on best practices for lockout/tagout and arc flash avoidance into its safety offering.
Omron Automation Americas and Brady Corporation with new visual lockout/tagout and arc flash services
Industry-leading automation solutions and safety services provider Omron Automation Americas has partnered with Brady Corporation, a global leader in safety and identification products and services. They intend to help manufacturers maintain compliance and protect their employees through lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedures and arc flash risk mitigation programs. The partnership combines Brady’s deep expertise with Omron’s commitment to providing holistic management for safe manufacturing facilities across a variety of industries.
Lockout/tagout problems are consistently among the top five violations for regulatory agencies in the Americas. A company’s employees need to perform maintenance, repairs or adjustments (including line changeovers). It’s essential to have measures in place to keep them safe from hazardous machine motion by isolating and dissipating the machines’ energy sources. In tandem with Brady’s world-class field engineers, Omron’s safety experts work with manufacturers to create clear, complete and easily accessible lockout/tagout instructions with visual elements. This is to protect operators and help avoid citations.
Arc flashes can be a significant safety risk on the manufacturing floor. Although usually associated with high voltages, the causes and mitigation methods can be complex. Thus, manufacturers are required to conduct risk assessments for their specific situation. In partnership with Brady’s electrical engineers, Omron can provide full risk assessments and recommendations. This is to help employees stay safe while working on energized panels.
In addition to these two new services, Omron offers a variety of expert-led training classes with a focus on safety. They include TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety Technician and Engineer certifications and skill building programs on general machine safety. For safety solution evaluation and implementation, Omron’s experts perform risk assessments on thousands of machines per year. And they assist with safety system retrofits and the safeguarding of simple and complex machinery.
About Brady Corporation
Brady Corporation is an international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect people, products and places. Brady’s products include high-performance labels, signs, safety devices, printing systems and software. Founded in 1914, the company has a diverse customer base in electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, construction, medical, aerospace and a variety of other industries. Brady is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and as of July 31 2020, employed approximately 5,400 people in its worldwide businesses. Brady stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BRC.
About Omron Automation
Omron Automation is an industrial automation partner. This company creates, sells and services fully integrated automation solutions that include sensing, control, safety, vision, motion, robotics and more. Established in 1933 and currently headed by President Yoshihito Yamada, Omron’s roughly 30,000 employees help businesses solve problems with creativity in more than 110 countries.
Lockout/Tagout Arc Flash Labeling Services
Source: Manufacturing Tomorrow